Brake Leverage Devices -


Brake leverage devices significantly improve the stopping power of in-line racing skates. This web site describes how to make them at home at insignificant cost. Gatorback Skate offers a commercial version.

Heel brakes are a prerequisite for brake leverage devices. Therefore they are also discussed but to a lesser extent. Other factors affecting the effectiveness of heel brakes, applicable also to recreational in-line skates, are also discussed.

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Uwe Brockmann, English

Uwe Brockmann, German

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Brake leverage devices were invented and first used around 1990 by 1985 Athens-to-Atlanta champion Don Ruiz of Chamblee, Georgia, U.S.A. He initially called them Puerto Rican Emergency Brakes. He considered commercializing them under the name Give me a brake! but decided not to.

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